Gluten Free Clean Eating Candy Bars Recipe

by Carol Kicinski on April 8, 2013

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Our commitment to cleaner eating continues. When you start paying attention to what you eat it can be a little shocking. For instance, I keep a little bowl filled with mini candy bars for my father, he is 89 years old and enjoys them so, what the heck, I always have them for him. What I did not realize is that I had been habitually, obliviously popping 2 or 3 into my mouth every day.

I seriously hate unconscious eating. If I am going to eat a candy bar then I want to enjoy a candy bar!

Traditional candy bars don’t quite go with our new clean eating plan but cravings do! I have been craving thick, fatty cuts of beef, whipped potatoes drenched in melted butter, salty sausages, sugar, and chocolate.

Most of the stuff I have been craving I shouldn’t have but hey, chocolate is not too bad, right? Especially dark chocolate – in fact it is even good for you!

So I made us some “candy bars” free of refined sugar, dairy, nuts (thanks to seeds and Sunbutter), and of course gluten – Clean Bars if you will. They may not be the same as eating a Snickers Bar but they go a long way towards quelling that chocolate craving and keeping us on track.

Conscious eating is so much more rewarding than the unconscious type, don’t you agree?

Gluten Free Clean Candy Bars

Gluten Free Clean Eating Candy Bars Recipe


1 cup roasted pumpkin seeds (with or without salt)
1½ cups pitted Medjool dates, chopped
½ cup Organic Unsweetened Sunbutter
¼ cup honey (for vegan use agave or maple syrup)
2/3 cup coconut flour
½ unsweetened coconut flakes
1 ½ cups dark chocolate, chopped
2 tablespoons organic, non-hydrogenated all vegetable shortening or coconut oil


Line a 12 by 9 inch lasagna or baking dish with a piece of parchment paper large enough to overhang the edges.

Place the pumpkin seeds in a food processor and pulse in long pulses until ground. Add the dates, Sunbutter, honey, coconut flour, and coconut flakes and process until the mixture forms a dough. Press firmly and evenly into the prepared pan. Refrigerate until firm, 5 hours or overnight.

Combine the chocolate and shortening in a heat proof bowl and microwave until the chocolate is almost completely melted, 2- 3 minutes. Stir until the chocolate is smooth and shiny. Pour over the firmed dough and spread into an even layer. Refrigerate until the chocolate hardens, about 1 hour.

Remove the mixture from the pan using the parchment to help you. Cut into 16 rectangles, 2 by 1½ inches. Store in the refrigerator for up to a week.


A gluten free recipe that makes 16 bars

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Ina gawne April 9, 2013 at 8:29 am

Carol – these candy bars sound scrumptious! Homemade is always better…yum!


Carol Kicinski April 10, 2013 at 2:41 pm

Thanks Ina!


Maggie April 9, 2013 at 12:05 pm

Yum Carol! I love a clean-eating chocolate bar. I’m going to test these out on my kiddies and send the recipe to my Mom. She and my Dad will love it!


Carol Kicinski April 10, 2013 at 2:28 pm

Thanks Maggie. That is so great that your Mom & Dad would love these. As yummy as these are I can’t imagine my Snickers Bar eating 89 year old Dad ever saying he “loves them” :) oh well!


Melissa April 10, 2013 at 7:05 am

These look amazing and I’m 100% (okay, 90%, it’s that red wine thing) into clean eating. What a beautiful photo. I’ve been stuck at home with this Colorado, spring snowstorm and I know just what I’m going to be doing today. I have all these ingredients. Thank you for the inspiration!!


Carol Kicinski April 10, 2013 at 2:25 pm

Hi Melissa! A little red wine never hurt anyone! Hope the snow storm passes and in the meantime, enjoy being all cozy inside.


Sarah April 14, 2013 at 11:55 pm

Yummy! I will definitely be making these!


Carol Kicinski April 15, 2013 at 8:41 pm

Oh shoot! I should have saved some for you. These are right up your alley!


Lyn Ashby April 22, 2013 at 4:04 am

This is a great recipe! My husband loves milk chocolate and I will try substituting it with milk chocolate! Thanks for the recipe :)


Carol Kicinski April 22, 2013 at 7:55 am

My pleasure, enjoy!


Jen May 13, 2013 at 6:03 am

I made these today – OMG they are DIVINE!!! A big thumbs up from my Hubby too!!! Thank you! x


Carol Kicinski May 14, 2013 at 7:10 am

YAY! I am so happy you both liked them.


Jacinthe June 28, 2013 at 9:18 pm

Do you have the weight measurement for the chocolate, I can only get dark chocolate in the form of a bar making it hard to place in a cup. I stated to use weight for baking and it is more accurate and easier to divide or multiply the recipe.


Carol Kicinski July 1, 2013 at 8:01 am

It will be about 9 ounces. Enjoy!


Lauren April 17, 2015 at 4:06 pm

I cannot find coconut flour. Can I subsitute a Gluten free all purpose baking mix? I have that at home. Thanks!


Carol Kicinski June 9, 2015 at 12:57 pm

Unfortunately Lauren coconut flour is unlike any other flour, the ratio of liquid to flour is way off…you can purchase coconut flour online on Amazon if it’s not available in your area. If not you may want to choose another recipe…


Beth June 19, 2015 at 4:32 am

I don’t think I can get the sunbutter in my country, can I use organic smooth peanut butter instead or is it the wrong consistency? Never used sunbutter before so I have no idea what it is like! Thanks!


Carol Kicinski July 24, 2015 at 10:15 am

Hi Beth, Yea that’s perfectly fine! xo, Carol


re July 27, 2016 at 9:44 am

do you have the estimated nutrition information for these bars?


Carol Kicinski July 28, 2016 at 8:26 am

Hello, I don’t unfortunately. In a lot of my recipes I have optional substitutions for dairy or sugar etc, so I don’t give nutritional information just in case a substitution is made, because then it would be inaccurate. Sorry!
You can always google it and find calculators that specifically do that.


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